The City of Burnaby has partnered with Hope and Health, an Indigenous-led non-profit society, and is encouraging residents to donate new and lightly used soccer boots at select City facilities to support soccer programming for Indigenous children and youth.
Hope and Health runs programming for Indigenous children and youth who face barriers to accessing sports programs in their community, maximizing the power of sport to engage, educate and empower, improving long-term health and life outcomes.
From September 15 to October 10, the City will collect donations to support Hope and Health’s Boot it Forward program, ensuring Indigenous children and youth can participate in the organization’s annual Hope and Health Community Camps.
Donate soccer boots anytime during facility hours at the following locations:
- Christine Sinclair Community Centre (3713 Kensington Ave)
- Cameron Community Centre (9523 Cameron St)
- Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre (240 Willingdon Ave)
- Bonsor Recreation Complex (6550 Bonsor Ave)
- Edmonds Community Centre (7433 Edmonds St)
- Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West Field House (3677 Kensington Ave)
- Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way)
Residents can also make a financial contribution to the Boot it Forward program through the Hope and Health website. Thanks to the support of equipment supplier Soccer Express and Adidas, financial donations have even more buying power to get boots on kids’ feet. Residents can also purchase orange shirts designed by Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow and grandsons Isaiah and Cyler (also Hope and Health coaches) through the Hope and Health website.
The City’s partnership with Hope and Health builds on efforts to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, including initiating government-to-government relationships with the First Nations on whose traditional and unceded territory the City of Burnaby is located, promoting National Indigenous Peoples Day and Orange Shirt Day, and prioritizing Indigenous perspectives at the Burnaby Village Museum and the Burnaby Art Gallery.
Learn More: hopeandhealth.org
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